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Relish a revival of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, that spectacularly captures the follies of youth and the realities of life. Explore themes of loss, love, regret, and reprehensions, as the musical unrelentingly portrays the damage we do to ourselves and those around us.

Why Watch Follies

With a 40 member cast and a 21 piece orchestra, Follies promises to be a musical that envelops you in its nostalgic and moving tunes. The original Broadway production was nominated for an unprecedented eleven Tony Awards, going on to win seven of them. The 2019 West End production has been directed by Dominic Cooke, a BAFTA nominated and 4-time Olivier Award winner. He has been praised for being able to combine poignancy with energy, with Vicki Mortimer’s design and staging wonderfully complementing it. Savor some unforgettable numbers such as “I’m Still Here” and “Broadway Baby” as modern versions are played by the incredibly talented orchestra. The 2017 revival created by the very same cast and the crew was nominated for 9 Olivier Awards in 2018 and went on to win two. The closing harmonies for the song One More Kiss towards the end of the show are absolutely breathtaking, and a perfect testament to Sondheim’s legacy.

The Story

The Weismann Theater is soon to be demolished. Members of the old “Follies” show that was popular the Weismann attend a reunion. Sally Durant Plummer is the first to arrive, and she looks resplendent although she is nearly 30 years older than when she had first stepped into the theater. Soon enough, other members and performers of the show arrive and reminisce about the good old days. A flashback to 1971 follows, and the show can be seen in its heyday, along with much younger versions of the characters. Back to the present, the past performers are seen singing some of the show’s most famous tunes. Join the characters as they succumb to the nostalgia, and long-suppressed emotions are confessed.

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Family activities | Fans of Musicals

Critics Reviews

Follies is a sophisticated, frustrating, centrifugal piece, capturing evanescent moments in time, rather than a dutiful plod of linear narrative.
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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

6th - 11th May 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Duration
2 hours 15 minutes, with no interval.

Leading Roles
Janie Dee as Phylis Rogers Stone
Tracie Bennett as Carlotta Campion
Lindsay Atherton as Young Carlotta
Rosanna Bates as Young Emily
Billy Boyle as Theodore Whitman
Jeremy Batt as Young Theodore

Directed by
Dominic Cooke

Additional Information

Audience
There are no age restrictions for this musical.

Available Facilities
In-house bar

Seating
The National Theater has a seating capacity of 1127 across 2 sections.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email with your voucher. You may display your voucher on your mobile phone. Please carry a valid photo ID for identification. It is recommended that you arrive at the theatre at least 30 minutes prior to the performance.

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Where?

National Theatre, Southbank, London, SE1 9PX, London

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